Colleges are adding new undergraduate programs in response to changes in business and technology. If you haven’t decided on a major, or have been thinking about returning to school to earn your degree, check out these growing fields that could be your ticket to a rewarding career.
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Computer game design has grown into a huge field — and a great opportunity. Today’s game design students will join an industry expected to reach over 82 billion dollars globally by 2015. That beats Hollywood by a mile.
Among other things, graduates can find jobs in: design, software engineering, and computer graphics. Game designers can also find work in interactive simulation in fields like architecture, medicine, or law.
Health Informatics or Health Information Management is also an area that is growing fast. Health informatics is a discipline that combines information science, computer science, and health care. It deals with everything required to optimize the acquisition, storage, and use of information in health and biomedicine.
These jobs require a blend of clinical knowledge and information management skills. So it’s not only about computing but medical terminology, clinical guidelines, and information systems as well. And it’s used in nursing, clinical care, dentistry and research. The field is growing so quickly that The American Medical Informatics Association projects a need for more than 50,000 workers in the next five to seven years.
There’s been a lot of news lately about corporate hacking and international industrial espionage. So no surprise: The field is growing fast. So check out Information Assurance and Cyber Security.
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Education. More than 145 institutions with undergrad programs have been designated as “Centers of Excellence” in order to fulfill the growing demand for cyber security professionals. So maybe you’re right for a career in byte-by-byte sleuthing.
Finally there is the time honored Computer and Information Sciences, still one of the top majors for college students. Professionals in the field will find growing opportunities in robotics, natural language recognition, artificial intelligence, and programming languages.
Time Magazine listed Computer Sciences as one of the top earning careers, with median earnings of $98,000. However, don’t expect to make that right away. The average earnings for recent graduates is a lot less.
So even though the economy as a whole may not be doing so hot right now, be aggressive and check out some of these industries that are really poised to boom. One may be right for you.
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